WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER USING A PROJECT MANAGER ONLY 1-2 DAYS PER WEEK
Using a part-time project manager on a retainer can provide the organization with the flexibility to engage a project manager on an as-needed basis, without committing to a full-time or fixed-term contract. This can be especially beneficial for organizations that have a limited budget or have in-house teams that are capable of managing the day-to-day operations of the project, but require some additional guidance and support.
These are just some of the benefits..
In-house team: The organization has an in-house team that is capable of managing the day-to-day operations of the project, but they require some additional guidance and support from a project manager.
Limited budget: The organization has a limited budget for project management and cannot afford a full-time project manager or a fixed-term contract project manager.
Short-term project: The project is short-term in nature and does not require a full-time project manager to manage the project.
Specific expertise: The organization requires specific expertise from a project manager for a limited period of time, such as during the planning or execution phase of the project.
Reduced costs: Hiring a part-time project manager on a retainer can be more cost-effective than hiring a full-time project manager or contracting a project manager on a fixed-term basis.
Flexibility: A part-time project manager on a retainer provides greater flexibility to the business, as they can be engaged for specific periods of time or for specific projects.
In-house expertise: If the business has an in-house team, hiring a part-time project manager on a retainer allows them to leverage their in-house expertise, while still benefiting from the guidance and support of a project manager.
Focus on core business activities: Hiring a part-time project manager on a retainer allows the business to focus on their core business activities, while still ensuring that their projects are managed effectively.
Moreover 1-2 days per week keeps the focus minimalist and practical with the focus on getting things done, and up-skilling the participants. It also means you abandon overly complex or prescriptive methodologies like PRINCE2 and Agile-Scrum an instead pick what works for the people, process, product or project that you are working on right now.
A FOCUSED ON MONITORING PROJECT PROGRESS AND PROVIDING GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT
Reviewing project plans and timelines: The project manager would need to review the project plans and timelines to ensure that they are on track and make any necessary adjustments.
Monitoring project risks and issues: The project manager would need to monitor the project risks and issues and work with the project team to develop strategies for managing them.
Providing guidance and support to the project team: The project manager would need to provide guidance and support to the project team, answering questions and providing feedback as needed.
Coordinating project activities: The project manager would need to coordinate project activities, ensuring that all team members are working effectively and that any issues are addressed promptly.
Communicating with stakeholders: The project manager would need to communicate regularly with stakeholders, keeping them informed about project progress and addressing any concerns they may have.
If you do want a methodology, as a roadmap or menu to help people navigate then this is a simple example, albeit one that needs to be customised to suit the organisation, culture, working practices, people and goals in your business.
Adapt Consulting Company
We support businesses with people, process and technology change. Either small (eg SME start-ups) or large (eg privatisation of public-sector organisations).
We do this as Consultant/Project Manager sometimes setting-up an in-house Project Management Office (PMO) and Change Team. We also Mentor for programmes like the UK IoD BeTheBusiness.
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